10 years ago today, Michael Schumacher announced his first F1 retirement

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September 10, 2006 was a day that will remain long in the memory of every Formula 1 fan.

Just moments after crossing the line to score an emotional home victory for Ferrari in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Michael Schumacher announced that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

Seven world titles, 90 grand prix victories and the majority of the sport’s most notable records had fallen Schumacher’s way since making his debut in 1991, but at Monza, he confirmed it was all coming to an end.

“There’s been a lot of discussion for a lot of time concerning my future and so on, and I think all the fans, all the motorsport interested people have a right to be explained what is to happen,” Schumacher said in the press conference following the race, clearly emotional.

“You have to find the right moment and we feel this is the right moment.

“To make it short in a way, it’s going to be my last Monza race I’m going to do.

“At the end of this year, I’ve decided together with the team that I’m going to retire from racing.

“It has been an exceptional, a really exceptional time, what motorsport in more than 30 years has given to me. I really loved every single moment of the good and the bad ones, those ones make life so special.”

As we all know, Schumacher’s retirement only proved temporary. After a failed comeback attempt in 2009 with Ferrari as a replacement for the injured Felipe Massa, the German returned full-time in 2010 with Mercedes, for whom he raced until the end of 2012.

Schumacher also made use of the press conference to say that he was happy that it would give Massa, his then-teammate, the opportunity to sort out his future. By this point, Ferrari had already signed Kimi Raikkonen up for 2007 from McLaren.

“In terms of timing, the decision I thought it was fair to find a moment that Felipe has a chance to decide his future because I think he is a very great guy. He has been doing a very good job for the team, very supportive, a really great teammate.

“There is a moment for him to decide his future and there is no point for me to take my decision any later than his decision had to be taken.”

Massa himself confirmed his upcoming retirement from F1 last weekend at Monza, choosing that race in particular as it is where Schumacher’s announcement gave him the chance to continue with Ferrari.

“My future replacement, it’s a driver at some stage the team will tell. I was always pleased and I knew a long time ago to hear that he was the person,” Schumacher added. Said person – Raikkonen – was sitting just inches to his right after finishing second at Monza.

“Now I’d just like to concentrate on these last three wins and finish it in style and hopefully with the championship.”

The eighth world championship wasn’t to be as Schumacher lost out to Fernando Alonso at the final round in Brazil, having previously claimed his 91st race win in China. But it was nevertheless a significant end to the all-conquering Schumacher-Ferrari partnership that ruled F1 in the early 2000s.

By way of further reading on the intricacies of Schumacher’s exit from a Ferrari race seat, F1 writer Tom Rubython’s account is of definite interest, particularly concerning the power struggle at Maranello. You can find a link to the account on Reddit here.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Detroit


The focus of the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross round was on the mid-pack battle while Aaron Plessinger pulled away from the field, but when he crashed after hooking his foot in the dirt, the results once more looked like we’ve come to expect, with Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac sharing the podium for the fifth time in 10 rounds.

Supercross Results Detroit
Justin Barcia was part of an exciting, four-rider battle in the middle of Detroit’s A-Main. – Feld Motor Sports

For Sexton, Plessinger’s late-race crash was a vindication of sorts. Several times already this season, Sexton has crashed while battling for the lead and the points that has cost him keeps him sporting the red plate. He lost points in Detroit for a different reason, however.

Sexton was allowed to keep the win, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a red cross section of the course. As a result, he dropped four points to Webb and two to Tomac. Sexton is now 17 points behind Webb in the championship hunt.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

One week after snatching the red plate from Tomac for the first time in 2023, Webb stretched his advantage by two. With his second-place finish, Webb holds a three-point lead over Tomac, which essentially means both riders control their fate in the coming weeks. Webb continues to have a sweep of the top five this season with his sixth consecutive podium.

Coming off his worst finish of the season, Tomac rebounded to finish third. His eighth-place result last week was partially attributed to a stiff neck that hindered him in traffic and he still suffered some of those same effects in Detroit. Before Plessinger’s crash, he was destined to be the only rider in the three-man title scrum to finish off the podium in Detroit.

It is surprising what one position can do for one’s confidence.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five of the season. He was part of the exciting four-man battle that dominated the middle stages of the race before Sexton and Webb gained a little separation. Finishing less than three seconds behind Tomac, he kept that rider honest for the entire race.

Coming off his first win of the season, Ken Roczen finished fifth. It was his seventh top-five of the season and it elevated him to fifth in the standings.

Plessinger’s fall took the wind from his sails. He attempted to right his bike after a hard crash, but as it smoked and pinged, he dropped to 13th in the final rundown.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

Hunter Lawrence tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 wins each after another dominating ride in the Detroit Supercross race and the results in the points continue to widen. With his fifth win in six rounds and a worst finish of third, Lawrence now has a 35-point advantage over Nate Thrasher with four rounds remaining. Finishes of 14th or better in the final four mains will give him his first 250 championship.

Supercross Results Detroit
Strong starts have been one of the keys to Hunter Lawrence’s success in 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett will have an opportunity to retake his wins’ lead as Supercross heads west for the next two rounds in Seattle and Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Thrasher earned his third second-place finish of the season with a gap of 7.6 seconds to Lawrence. He won the overall in Arlington earlier this season, but a 15th-place finish in the opening round in Houston and 10th in Daytona hurts his championship chances.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Haiden Deegan scored his second podium and fourth top-five in six rounds of his young career. On his way to that finish, he rode aggressively against his teammate Jordon Smith in the heat race. Fans are getting a glimpse of what his on-track personality might be.

Jeremy Martin continues to be the model of consistency. He has not finished worse than sixth or better than fourth in six rounds now and that has allowed him to close to within two points of third in the 250 East championship standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chris Blose, who was pressed into service at the start of the season because of a rash of injuries at Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is Blose’s first top-five of the season, although he’s steadily improved over the past five rounds.

Click here for 250 Overall results | 250 East Rider Points | 250 Combined Rider Points

Max Anstie entered the race weekend second in the points, but a hard crash in heavy traffic early in the main forced him to retire after two laps. Earning only one point for the round, he plummeted to fifth in the standings.

The news was worse for Smith, who was dropped out of the top nine in his heat after the altercation with Deegan and failed to advance through the LCQ. In the last chance race, he stalled his engine and had to mount a determined charge. He got only as high as seventh in that race after crashing while attempting to make a pass on fourth-place Jack Chambers.

2023 Results

Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s